POLICE RETIRE THREE CANINES

(New Castle, De 19720) Last week members of the New Castle County Division of Police celebrated the retirement of three police canines.

K9 Ace, born on 10/23/11, is a 10-year-old Belgian Malinois imported from the Netherlands. K9 Ace served as a dual purpose K9, certified in both patrol operations as well as narcotics detection. K9 Ace has been with the NCCPD since June of 2014. During his career K9 Ace was awarded an Animal Hero Award from the Delaware Medical Association and recognized in Resolution (No. 18-106) from New Castle County Council. He has served the citizens of New Castle County for 8 years with his handler M/Cpl. Tanyer.

K9 Figo, born on 09/06/12, 9-year-old Belgian Malinois imported from the Netherlands. K9 Figo served as a dual purpose K9, certified in both patrol operations as well as narcotics detection. During his career, K9 Figo has been awarded for several notable accomplishments for locating missing persons in need of police assistance. K9 Figo has been with the NCCPD since June of 2014. He has served the citizens of New Castle County for 8 years with his handler S/Cpl. DiGati. 

K9 Champ, born on 10/9/13, is an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois imported from Belgium. K9 Champ served as a dual purpose K9, certified in both patrol operations as well as narcotics detection. K9 Champ has been with the NCCPD since September of 2015. During his career he has assisted in many felony arrests and narcotic seizures. He has served the citizens of New Castle County for 7 years with his handler M/Cpl. Lutes.

Their contributions will be greatly missed. The entire Department of Public Safety wishes all of these officers the best in their retirement.

Major John Treadwell Earns Nationwide Honor

The New Castle County Division of Police would like to congratulate Major John Treadwell on being awarded the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.

In May 2022 Major Treadwell won the Jefferson Award in Outstanding Service by Employees in the Workplace: New Castle County Government.

The Jefferson Award honors those who multiply good. Over the past five decades, the list of Jefferson Award recipients has been unparalleled. They include hundreds of public and private national figures —more than 63,000 unsung heroes and tens of thousands of employees and young people in communities across the country. These individuals represent the good that is happening all around us in every community across the nation. Upon receiving this award, Major Treadwell became a candidate for a National Jefferson Award.

Major Treadwell began his career with the New Castle County Division of Police in 1994 and has been committed to improving the community at each juncture of his career. The quote “To Whom Much is Given Much is Required” resonates with him. He believes in paying it forward. His volunteer efforts include, but are not limited to, serving on the Board of Directors for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), being a NOBLE Delaware Chapter member, running events for Charity Crossing and serving on their Board of Directors, and teaching at the Citizens Police Academy on his own time. He also volunteers on the statewide Crisis Intervention Committee. He trains law enforcement on how to interact with citizens in crisis and promotes whole-person wellness focusing on mental health initiatives for Law Enforcement Officers as our community members.

Last evening, at the Multiplying Good National Celebration of Service in Indianapolis, Indiana, Major Treadwell was awarded a National Jefferson Award, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities.

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The members of the New Castle County Division of Police wish to congratulate Major Treadwell on receiving such an honor. Colonel Joseph Bloch, Chief of the New Castle County Division of Police said the following of the award winner, “Major Treadwell has been a champion of many initiatives over his twenty-eight-year career that have kept this Division on the forefront of community policing and community outreach.  He has focused much of his efforts on programs involving mental health, which are just now becoming an area of focus for many police departments around this country.  I commend Major Treadwell’s proactive efforts and I am proud that he has received this well-deserved national recognition.” 

New Castle County Director of Public Safety, Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. praised his colleague’s accomplishments saying “I am so proud to see John recognized for his service to others. I have watched him over the past 28 years unselfishly give of himself to help others who were facing life’s challenges. Not only has he poured himself into the communities that we serve in New Castle County, Delaware, but he has worked to improve the law enforcement community by teaching various topics to police recruits and officers across the country. John played a pivotal role in the establishment of the New Castle County Division of Police Behavioral Health Unit to serve those who are living with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. In addition, he has focused on the wellbeing of Law Enforcement Officers by educating them on the effects of accumulative stress which has been instrumental in our protecting our officer’s mental wellbeing”

“This is a well-deserved and well-earned recognition for Major Treadwell, a true testament to his work in the community. This is wonderful accomplishment not just for Major Treadwell, but for all the members of the New Castle County Division of Police,” said New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer. “Thank you to the Multiplying Good and Jefferson Awards Foundation for their continued partnership with New Castle County and their work in recognizing those who build up our community.”

Upon learning he was the recipient of this honor Major Treadwell provided the following remarks: “I believe everybody can serve or help others in some capacity. Some can provide funding or other resources, some can provide a reassuring smile or encouraging word…but everyone can serve others.”

Once again, the members of the Division of Police, the Department of Public Safety, and all New Castle County Government offer our warmest congratulations to Major Treadwell.

POLICE IMPLEMENT HOLISTIC  OFFICER WELLNESS PROGRAM

(New Castle, DE 19720) In keeping with the distinct designation of being at the forefront of police innovation, the New Castle County Division of Police is announcing the inception of the Holistic Officer Wellness Program (HOW).

The goal of HOW is to provide a service that delivers prevention and treatment of potential mental health issues for New Castle County Division of Police personnel and their retirees.  This program will support wellness within the Division by offering a variety of well-being enhancement opportunities to officers, civilian support staff, and their families.

This program will focus on four principles of overall wellness: mental, physical, social, and spiritual. For example, the program has a certified personal trainer available to assist officers with nutrition and fitness.  The program will also offer financial wellness presentations to assist officers with planning for current or future financial needs.

Recently, the program has added iRest, a meditation practice developed by Dr. Richard Miller based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life. 

Based on current studies with iRest in the military, the program has shown to be effective for conditions including chronic pain, sleep problems, depression and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  This trauma-informed yoga is based on a particular understanding of trauma, one that emphasizes its impact on the entire mind-body system, as opposed to particular mental states (e.g., troubling memories) viewed in isolation from the physical body.

A certified iRest Meditation, Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor, Jennifer Boileau, has been added to the staff.

This project was supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number 15JCOPS-21-GG-02453-SPPS awarded to New Castle County Division of Police by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

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